This is the story of Rich John from Newport, UK, learning Japanese
My decision to learn Japanese was probably inspired by my fascination with Japanese culture, and the way that Japan doesn't seem to be too bothered about the English-speaking world. I started watching some of the NHK shows about Japanese culture, such as Japanology, and decided that the best way to fully understand Japan was to learn it's language.
That's where the panic set in! I had no concept of quite how difficult learning Japanese would be (especially since it's been 25 years since I studied French & German in school!). Learning languages that have similar structures to your native language is (relatively) much less complicated than learning something like Russian or Japanese or Mandarin that use a completely different alphabet. But I thought I should dive straight in, and I'm glad that I stumbled across LinguaLift to help me learn.
Without the encouragement from LinguaLift to log in each day and learn something new, I might have fallen by the wayside.
I had just bought a new Chromebook from Google, and was looking for ways of getting the most out of it. I found LinguaLift as an application in the chrome store and when I started my free trial, I realised that this was the way I wanted to go. It offered the chance to learn at my own pace, and most importantly, to learn to read and write the language, not just to speak and hear it.
To help with my studies I've bought writing books, notepads and kanji wallcharts from online shops (all sent over direct from Japan!), along with lots of Japanese sweets, biscuits, soup and more. Without the encouragement from LinguaLift to log in each day and learn something new (or just review what I already know), I might have fallen by the wayside. I'm really glad I found LinguaLift and I hope others find it too.
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